Film Review: 'Benny & Jolene'

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★★★☆☆The fickle music industry merry-go-round is lampooned once again in Jamie Adams' funny and heartfelt debut Benny & Jolene (2014), an also-rans' tale of two young singer-songwriters struggling to make a name for themselves in an over-saturated market. Starring Submarine's Craig Roberts and Fresh Meat's Charlotte Ritchie as the eponymous and affectionately hopeless folk duo, Adams' film doesn't offer a great deal that's new, but does hit its comedic beats with pleasing consistency as the clueless couple are propelled towards stardom (well, a relatively high-profile gig in Wales) before having the tablecloth of fame cruelly yanked from underneath their intently-gazed shoes.
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